Senior facility gets more neighborly design in Greenfield

Latest proposal is more residentially oriented, developer says

Jan. 7, 2014

Greenfield — Neighbors who have been unhappy with past ideas for a senior residential facility should be happier with the latest proposal, its developer says.

In the proposal that is expected to be discussed by the Greenfield Plan Commission next week, Kevin Kiefer said the residential flavor of the eight-bed community-based residential facility for the elderly should fit in well in the 4900 block of South 68th St.

Earlier opposition

It's much more subtle than the two 20-bed facilities that touched off neighborhood opposition, Kiefer said.

That earlier 40-bed plan is only one of the plans that have evolved over the half dozen or so years during which Kiefer and his partner and brother, Kris, have worked with the city and neighbors on developing another CBRF. Others included just one 20- or 24-bed facility and even five single-family homes.

All ran into opposition at neighborhood meetings, and one even triggered an inquiry by the Common Council Legislative Committee into whether the city can turn down a CBRF if another one is nearby, said Chuck Erickson, Greenfield planning and economic development director.

Homier ideas

But through it all, Kiefer said, "We listened to what they had to say."

For one, neighbors wanted the facility to have a residential look. The current proposal is for a one-story ranch, he said.

Secondly, the parking area won't be so obvious, another earlier concern. Parking will be in the rear, not in front, Kiefer said. The building would be fairly close to the street partly to put parking in the back and partly to save trees on the heavily wooded acres, he added.

"That's what neighbors were looking for," Kiefer said.

A circular drive in front would serve both the new facility and the existing eight-bed facility that the brothers own on the same three-acre property.

Rather than push for a bigger facility, he is satisfied with this plan.

"This solution really makes sense for the neighbors and the city," he said.

Under consideration

Kiefer will find out Monday whether neighbors really are pleased with the new plan when he holds a neighborhood meeting. The proposal will go before the Plan Commission the next day.

The had already been a CBRF for many years before Kiefer and his brother bought it and the three acres around it approximately a dozen years ago, Kiefer said.

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